English skipper, Heather Knight has had a successful surgery on her hip joint that’s kept her away from the game since the 21st of July. Heather Knight last featured for England in the first T20I against South Africa and is now aiming to return to international cricket by the end of the year.
31-year-old, Heather Knight didn’t feature in a final couple of T20I’s against South Africa and it was learned that she’s got some irritation in her hip joint for which she’d taken an injection and was continued to be assessed to get her fit in time for the subsequent Commonwealth Games but wasn’t to be. After being on the bench for the first couple of games, the team management communicated that the injury had failed to settle in and that she’s ruled of the entire tournament and the upcoming Hundred.
Successful surgery for Heather Knight, but she will miss series against India and WBBL later this year. #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/E3BUfHH2yf
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Nat Sciver led the English side in Heather Knights’ absence. The side remained unbeaten and clinical throughout the league stage games and in a couple of T20I’s against South Africa, but the knockout games brought an end to England’s win streak as they lost their semi-final to India and then lost their Bronze medal match to New Zealand.
Heather Knight took to her social media and Tweeted a picture of her from the hospital bed and captioned it saying, “Surgery (tick) I’ve had a little clean out of my hip to get me back and running soon. Unfortunately, it rules me out of the India series and the WBBL, but I’m aiming to be back by the end of the year. Time to make the most of a bit of time away and bring on the rehab!”
Heather Knight was even ruled out of the Hundred which now has Charlie Dean step into her big boots to lead the London Spirits. Speculations were on around Heather Knight’s return and she’s now put a pause revealing, that she’ll be missing the India series as well as the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), which starts in October.
The leader in Heather Knight was a big miss for England at the Games. Franchise cricket and the series against India is definitely a miss for Heather Knight, but in a wider sense, it’s a valuable off time that Heather Knight has got after being on the road for very long.
The next ICC Women’s World Cup is the 20-over World Cup that’s set to take place in South Africa early next year and it only is a piece of welcoming news for England who’ll have their skipper fresh, just before the World Cup and importantly Heather Knight could well be a part of the lead-up to the T20 World Cup which will see her gain match fitness as well.